Healthy Recipes

Our Healthy Recipes include a growing body of healthy and delicious preparations inspired by Hildegard of Bingen. We welcome healthy selections curated from traditional German and modern resources. We invite you to explore, experiment, and contribute to help grow this community.

Ginger Cucumber

Ginger Cucumber

Our dad used to make a variation of this ginger cucumber dish as an appetizer.  He used a combination of cucumbers, vinegar, pepper and spices, and left it in the refrigerator as a snack before meals.  He called his dish concombres, which is really just the French word for cucumbers. Ginger Cucumber, Pickled in Vinegar The…

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Ginger Limeade

Ginger Limeade

The combination of ginger and lime culminates in a flavor profile that is both refreshing and spicy.  A cold glass of ginger limeade tastes great on a warm summer day.  Add some agave nectar and a lime leaf to improve the naturally bitter taste.  Keep in mind, Hildegard of Bingen was a big proponent of the…

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Thai Ginger Chicken Soup

Thai Ginger Chicken Soup

Thai Ginger Chicken Soup, also known as Tom Kha Gai is a healthy classic, using Thai ginger (also know as galanga).  It’s a light soup that’s perfect for summer, and it’s easy to prepare at home.  We think Hildegard of Bingen would have included this meal in a balanced Medieval diet. Thai Ginger Chicken soup (Tom…

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Tabbouleh Salad Recipe

Tabbouleh Salad Recipe with Spelt

This fresh tabbouleh salad recipe is full of simple yet vivid flavors. It replaces bulgar wheat, a whole grain ingredient in a traditional tabbouleh salad recipe, with whole grain spelt. The spelt berry is larger and denser than bulgar and contributes to a chunkier overall texture.

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lacto fermented carrots

Lacto Fermented Carrots and Ginger

This lacto fermented carrots and ginger recipe is a good fit for a Paleo diet and for a Medieval diet.  The medium of lacto fermented carrots  provides yet another easy way to take the sometimes bitter pill of ginger. But, have no fear, Hildegard of Bingen was a big proponent of the health benefits related to bitter tasting foods and…

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ginger tumeric tonic

Ginger Turmeric Tonic

This ginger turmeric tonic incorporates ancient eastern medicine with Medieval medical treatments.  Hildegard of Bingen was a big fan of ginger, particularly for its warming qualities to promote a balance of bodily humors. In Ayurveda, turmeric is believed to balance the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha). Not surprisingly, Hildegard of Bingen medicine has strong influences from…

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Fennel Soup Recipe

Vegan Fennel Soup Recipe

This easy fennel soup recipe is a perfect way to liven up your palate with the crisp, fresh flavor of fennel. Served cold, it is a great dish for a summer picnic or to entice spring into your kitchen a bit early, but it can also be a lovely dish for those cold winter nights…

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spelt coffee

Spelt Coffee

First, we’ll look at different ways to roast spelt. After our spelt is roasted, we’ll look at some different ways to prepare a cup of spelt coffee.

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spelt cake

Spelt Coffee Cake

This delicious variation of spelt coffee cake comes straight from Germany. It’s easy to make and includes a couple of healthy twists to traditional coffee cake that make it a bit healthier without compromising that familiar melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon flavor of coffee cake. Because we are using spelt flour, which is whole-grain, we get the benefit…

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spelt cookies recipe

Spelt Cookies (Vegan)

Made with whole grain spelt flour and a vegetable-based butter alternative. These quick and easy cookies contain no egg or dairy and are great for those who may have sensitivity to gluten.

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spelt salad kale

Spelt Salad

This recipe for traditional Hildegard spelt salad, or Dinkelkopfsalat is a delicious way to incorporate the meaty texture of spelt with many varieties of healthy greens.

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spelt soup

Spelt Soup with Beef (or Lamb)

Spelt Soup with Beef (or Lamb) When it’s cold outside, a warm meal waiting for you at home is a perfect way to keep winter at bay.  The best part about a slow-cooker meal like beef and spelt soup is that it’s hard to mess-up.  You can give this version a try but there is…

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